Oz in the News 11.14.11

‘Wizard of Oz’ munchkins visit Naperville  The yellow brick road brought two of the original the munchkins to suburban Naperville on Saturday. Margaret Pellegrini and Karl Slover both appeared in the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz.’ They signed autographs and posed for pictures at Hollywood Palms on Saturday. Pellegrini appeared in multiple scenes of the movie, including a role as one of the Sleepy Heads. Slover was one of the trumpeters in the mayor’s procession. The two also hosted showings of the movie.

Michigan film industry: Where is it now? Where is it going?  At sound stages in Pontiac’s Raleigh Michigan Studios, actor James Franco has spent much of this summer and fall portraying a Kansas circus musician who finds himself coping with life in the Land of Oz. Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams perform as witches who wonder if Franco is the wizard they’ve been hoping for. “Scrubs” star Zach Braff rounds out the impressive cast of Walt Disney Pictures’ movie, “Oz, the Great and Powerful.” This star-studded film, directed by Michigan native Sam Raimi, is being filmed here thanks in part to Michigan’s once “great and powerful” film incentive. Now, that incentive has been decreased and people around the state wonder about the future of the state’s film industry.

Q&A: Gregory Maguire on ‘Out of Oz,’ last in ‘Wicked’ series  “You know, I watched Ursula Le Guin write “The Earthsea Trilogy” and then 18 years later come up with a fourth book, and I also saw Arthur Conan Doyle try to push Sherlock Holmes off a cliff only to find that his readers were throwing down ropes saying he can’t die. So I suppose I honor those possibilities, but I do believe it is the last one.”

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